Residents and staff from The New Deanery residential care home in Bocking near Braintree had a delightful surprise when they were visited by two Shetland ponies named Rosie and Bonnie.
The two ponies, supplied by Magical Miniature Ponies, visited the care homes on the 29 June and residents were overjoyed to see them. Resident Eileen Hearn said: “They were absolutely gorgeous it was lovely to see them and be able to pet them.”
Unice Garnham, wife of resident Ian Garnham, said: “The visit from the Shetland ponies brought such pleasure, everyone was smiling and responding to them.”
Jo Crosby, Head of Activities at The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court, said:
“We always try to keep our activity programme varied and we thought the residents would love to see the ponies. It was a great afternoon and it was lovely to see everyone’s faces when they came in.
The ponies will be visiting the residential care homes in Bocking again on 21 August for their Summer Fete in Braintree held in the stunning 10 acre grounds.
Over the past few months the teams at The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court have had great successes. St Mary’s Court was praised in its latest CQC inspection with the home now rated as ‘good’ overall with a rating of ‘outstanding’ for leadership.
The teams at the homes also beat off fierce competition from across England to triumph in the category of Most Effective Approach to Leadership and Management, at the Skills for Care Accolades awards and also picked up The Care Home Nutrition and Hydration Award for the East of England Region at The Great British Care Awards.
To enquire about accommodation and respite care at The New Deanery or St Mary’s Court, please call 01376 328600 for St Mary’s Court or 01376 328600 for The New Deanery. Or visit www.thenewdeanery.co.uk or www.stmaryscourt.co.uk for more information.